Mariluz Garcia, Ph.D.

Dean's Future Scholars Program Director
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Mariluz Garcia was born and raised in Elko, Nevada, but her father is from Spain and her mother is from Mexico.  After high school, she moved to Reno to attend the University of Nevada, Reno where she earned all three degrees. Mariluz has 17 years experience working with low-income, first-generation students in a variety of settings.  She was an Americorps volunteer for one year in Colorado, worked with Dean's Future Scholars as a graduate assistant for three years, was a middle school counselor at Dilworth STEM Academy for four years, and an elementary school counselor at Glenn Duncan STEM Academy for one year. Mariluz has had the honor and pleasure of serving as the Director of the Dean's Future Scholars program for eight years.


  • B.S., Elementary Education, University of Nevada, Reno
  • M.A., Counseling, University of Nevada, Reno
  • Ph.D., Equity & Diversity in Education, University of Nevada, Reno